Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen on Monday said that Indian commentators who described the zero-tariff bilateral agreement for 97% of exports to China as "charity" for "least developed" Bangladesh are revealing their "narrow-mindedness".
It was the second statement from the Minister in two days after certain Indian news publications alleged that China used the agreement to get Bangladesh on its side as tension with India simmers along the Line of Actual Control (LAC) near Ladakh.
Momen also said that the remarks from sections of the Indian media were "entirely unacceptable", reports The Hindu. "News outlets that have used such words have renounced ethical journalism," Momen was quoted as saying to jagonews24.com.
On Sunday, the minister said that the representation of Bangladesh in a demeaning manner in certain sections of Indian media was "not welcome". He indicated that Dhaka took serious note of the negative reports of Indian media about Bangladesh and said, "It appears that they [the government] are very upset."
However, he said that Bangladesh would not take it up at an official level despite a social media uproar in the country over the use of the term "khoyraati" (charity) in the reports.
"We don't think there is a need to protest [officially] on these news reports," said Momen when asked by the media about further action on the matter.